"Innovative speculative fiction"
Ever since Leda Hubbard was a young girl, she
wanted to be an Egyptologist and join an important dig
there. She enlisted in the Navy to obtain her education
because she couldn't afford to pay for it any other way.
By the time she left the military, Leda had a Ph.D. in
forensic anthropology. She was adjusting to the idea that
she would never fulfill her dream when she receives a
mysterious ticket to attend the International Conference of
At the conference, she meets a friend Chimera who
recruits her to work for a corporation who is sponsoring a
dig in Egypt. The company, led by Chimera, found a way to
incorporate the genetic and cellular memory of a dead
person using their DNA, into a living person. In essence,
two people would inhabit one body. Leda's job is to find
out where famous people are buried in Alexandria so the
company's rich clients can buy the cellular memory of the
person they wish to coexist with. For Leda, problems arise
when the wrong people want to get their hands on the
technology and use it for their own ends.
CHANNELING CLEOPATRA is a bright, sometimes
humorous, often dark, but always innovative speculative
fiction. The heroine is feisty, bright and sparkling so
that readers can't help but like her and root for her when
she lands in trouble, which is quite frequent. Elizabeth
Ann Scarborough is always a treat to read but with this
novel, she takes readers where nobody has gone before.
Harriet Klausner - Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 31, 2001